Dedicated Space Advocates Recognised in Queen's Birthday 2012 Honours List

Dedicated Space Advocates Recognised in Queen's Birthday 2012 Honours List

Each year Australians who have dedicated themselves to serving their community are recognised in the Queen's Birthday Honours. In 2012, Dr Jeanette Dixon and Mr Brett Biddington were appointed to the Member of the Order of Australia. The Order of Australia is the principal and most prestigious means of recognising outstanding members of the community at a national level. Jeanette and Brett  were recognised for their dedication to science and engineering education and their contribution to the Australian Space Industry. Like all Honours recipients, they have served Australia with dedication and passion. VSSEC would like to congratulate them and thank them for all their hard work.

Dr Jeanette Maree DIXON, Dudley NSW 2290

For service to education through roles in promoting space science, through contributions to the learning of science in schools, and as a teacher.

Director and Vice-Chair, National Space Society of Australia, since 2009.
Volunteer, Scientist in Schools Program, since 2009.
Principal and Founder, New South Wales School of Space Science, since 2005.
Member, National Astronomical Society of Australia, 1998-2004.
Principal, Australian International Space School, 1993-1999.
Casual Academic, Faculty of Science and Information Technology and Faculty of Education,
University of Newcastle, since 2003.
Head Science Teacher, Maitland High School, 2000-2003 and 2004-2007.
Science Consultant, Lake Macquarie and Central Coast Districts, NSW Department of
Education and Training, 2003.
Teacher, NSW High Schools, 1967-2000.

Awards/recognition include:

Australian Space Science Teacher of the Year, Young Astronauts Space Schools Australia, 2005.
Science Award for Teachers (Secondary), BHP Billiton, 2004.
Quality Teaching Award, Australian College of Education, 2001.
Award for Excellence in Teaching, NSW Minister for Education, 1998.
Assistant Director Generals Award, NSW Department of Education and Training, 1993; for her 'Outstanding Contributions to Science Education'.

Mr Brett BIDDINGTON, ACT

For service to the space sector, particularly through national policy and industry development, science and education support, and through governance of astronomy programs.

Principal, Biddington Research, since 2009; involved in space policy and industry development and support for initiatives in space science, education and outreach, and developing Australia’s astronomy infrastructure.
Member, Global Space Team, Cisco Systems Australia Pty Ltd, 2002-2009.
Member, Royal Australian Air Force, 1980-2002; obtained the rank of Group Captain.
Chair, Space Industry Association of Australia.
Inaugural Member, Space Industry Innovation Council, Commonwealth Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research.
Chair, Advisory Board, Australian Centre for Space Engineering Research, University of New South Wales.
Chair, Advisory Board, 'Pathways to Space' Project at the Powerhouse Museum, Australian Centre for Astrobiology, University of New South Wales.
Board Member, Kokoda Foundation.
Member, Giant Magellan Telescope Project Oversight Committee, Australian National University.
Member, Advisory Board, Institute for Telecommunications Research, University of South Australia, since 2004.
Chair, Australia Telescope Steering Committee, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, 2006-2009.
Founding Member, Australian Square Kilometre Array Industry Consortium, 2002-2009.
Inaugural Chair, Antarctic Astronomy Advisory Committee, Astronomy Australia Ltd, 2006-2009.

Awards/recognition include:

Space Pioneer Award, National Space Society of Australia, 2006.